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6 Afro-Latinas Who Are Changing the World!

Ilia Calderon, Afro-Colombiana anchor on Univision

Before Madam C.J. Walker there was Annie Turnbo Malone, " The Forgotten Entrepreneur" (1869-1957) A chemist and entrepreneur, Annie Turnbo Malone became a millionaire by successfully developing and marketing hair products for black women in St. Louis. She used her wealth to promote the advancement of African Americans and gave away most of her money to charity.

"Lila Downs Sanchez, Mexican American singer songwriter, guitarist, actress, humanitarian and politician activist,born in Oaxaca. She performs her own compositions as well as popular and indigenous Mexican music and has recorded songs in languages: Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and P'urhepecha (Tarascan) liladowns.com."

Melissa De Sousa, Panamanian-American Actor. Film credits include "The Best Man." Television credits include "One on One."

Lauren Velez the Puerto Rican actress, who is known for her roles in "New York Undercover," "Oz," and "I Like It Like That," is still just one of a handful of women representing Afro-Latinas on television, as Captain Maria Laguerta on Showtime's hit serial killer drama, "Dexter."